The beautiful Village of Boughton Monchelsea lies on a ragstone ridge overlooking the Weald of Kent and has also been known as Quarry Hills. Over the centuries its main commerce has been ragstone, arable, orchards, woodland, hops, cobnuts and pastureland. Some of the earliest history of Boughton Monchelsea is in the Iron Age settlement at Quarry Wood Camp. There are traces of an outer rampart inthe Village constructed by the Belgae around 40AD, possibly as a defence against the Roman invasion in 43AD. In Roman times much of the stone from the Quarries was used in the building of the walls of London, a temple on the site of St. Pauls Cathedral and possibly a temple on the site where St Peters Church now stands. In Norman times the ragstone was used in the building of Westminster Abbey and, throughout the reign of Edward II the ragstone was used to repair Rochester Castle. In 1419 King Henry V ordered 7000 stone cannon balls from the village. The quarries were worked right up to the 1960’s when the last quarry was closed.
This sought-after and picturesque Village has a charming Village Green, a Primary School, Village Hall, Recreation Ground, two Country Inns with separate Restaurants, and a Post Office.
Maidstone is a short drive away and caters for one’s day-to-day shopping requirements with its variety of Retail Chain Outlets, Banks and Leisure facilities. For the commuter, trains run from Maidstone East into London Victoria and from Staplehurst into London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. The M20 is conveniently close and connects to the M25 and the rest of the UK motorway network.
Kent is renowned for the quality, choice and commitment to excellence of its educational system in both the public and private sector. Noteworthy schools in the area include: Sutton Valence Independent School, Maidstone Girls and Boys Grammar Schools, Invicta Grammar, Loose Infant and Junior School and Boughton Monchelsea Primary Schools and The Cornwallis Academy.